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New Video Complicates Obama's Syria Campaign

ST. PETERSBURG, RUSSIA - President Obama is lobbying hard for international support in Syria - but a new video puts a new wrinkle in the argument.
ST. PETERSBURG, RUSSIA -- The President is in Russia for the last day of the G-20 summit. Syria has been a major topic of discussion and contention.

The international community appears split on whether or not to take military action…. and many lawmakers in the US are as well. 

President Obama continues to meet with world leaders at the G-20 summit in Saint Petersburg, Russia, trying to gain support for military action against Bashar Assad's regime.

"The use of chemical weapons in Syria is not only a tragedy, but also a violation of international law that must be addressed," the president says.

The president wants to use targetted strikes against Assad - and  is considering training Syrian rebels.
 
But this new video could complicate that effort. The New York Times says it shows rebels in April moments before they executed syrian government soldiers.

Retaliation is also a concern: The Wall Street Journal reports the U.S. intercepted an order from an Iranian official telling militants to attack American interests in Baghdad if a strike is launched in Syria.

The White House wants the united nations to punish the Assad regime. But Russia is blocking those efforts.

"Russia continues to hold the Security Council hostage and shirk it's international responsibility," says Samantha Power, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N.

The president is pushing Congress to authorize the use of force.  But lawmakers are getting pushback from their constituents.

A recent poll shows most Americans oppose military strikes in Syria.
Many lawmakers are still not sure how they'll vote.

If the president fails to win congressional support, he could decide to go ahead with military strikes anyway.


(Susan McGinnis, CBS News)

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